PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. This area of study approaches present environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.
Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.
Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment.
Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earth’s characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.
Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Development Studies PhD Development Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 4,000 per year
  • International € 4,000 per year
  • 36 months

Scientific research carried out at ISEG has been classified as Excellent or Very Good by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and this research plays an important role in the Development Studies programme, which is run between several ISEG research centres: Economics; Sociology, Human Geography, Political Science and Economics; Social and Economic History; Cooperation and Development, especially in Portuguese-speaking countries in the context of African, Asian and Latin American economics.

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Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia Ph. D. Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia
  • Any time
  • EEA € 2,750 per year
  • International € 2,750 per year
  • Not specified

O modelo de formação integrada em engenharia e economia, oferecido por uma joint venture entre o Instituto Superior Técnico e o Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, distingue-se pela estimulação da formação de estudantes no sentido de criar novos líderes capazes de desenvolver e implementar estratégias inovadoras em situações reais de desenvolvimento de Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia.O currículo do Programa Doutoral em SSE possibilita estas vantagens competitivas através de actividades curriculares e investigação rigorosas, delineadas por um corpo docente de nível internacional, incluindo a participação do Massachussets Institute of Technology, no âmbito do Programa MIT-Portugal, bem como pela introdução de métodos de aprendizagem inovadores.

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Environmental Sciences and Policy PhD Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral program provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world. Our graduates emerge from the program with an understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks, analytical and practical thinking skills, and both the commitment and capacity for addressing environmental challenges.

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Structural Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering PhD Structural Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Nov 2016
  • EEA € 1,500 per year
  • International € 1,500 per year
  • 36 months

Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering encompasses different areas, from constructions and construction materials to bio-materials and bio-structures, from engineering seismology and earthquake-resistant structures to structural dynamics, from computational mechanics to geotechnical engineering and environmental actions.

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- Carry Out Your Own PhD Project! Ph. D. - Carry Out Your Own PhD Project!
  • Aug 2016
  • International € 0 per year
  • 36 months

The Hector Fellow Academy (HFA) offers fully-funded PhD positions in Germany. Outstanding young scientists can apply with their own research idea in natural sciences or engineering subjects.

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Bangor University

Ph. D. Forestry (PhD/MPhil)
  • Sep 2016
  • International £ 15,500 per year
  • 36 months

Research covers the environmental, economic and social factors underpinning sustainability in forest systems, studying processes ranging from individual ecological interactions to those acting at a landscape level.

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The University of Manchester

PhD Environmental Biology
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 7,250 per year
  • International £ 19,000 per year
  • 36 months

PhD programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3 or 4 years, working with a specific academic supervisor (principle investigators). Applicants are specifically matched with a principle investigator based on their research interests and background.

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Aalto University

Doctorate Programme in Science
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 48 months

The goal of the programme is to train doctors in physics, mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science and industrial engineering and management to serve in the academic world, public sector and industry and commerce.

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Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

PhD Water Resources Engineering
  • Sep 2016
  • International € 3,500 per year
  • EEA € 3,500 per year
  • 48 months

This PhD program in Water Resources Engineering from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava is focusing on the scientific basis for the broad discipline of planning, development and management of water resources needed to meet the water needs of society and the environment. Methods needed for designing physical and non-physical infrastructure for the integrated management and protection of water resources cover the range from exploring the hydrologic cycle for estimating the amount and quality of the waters of the Earth through the study of hydrodynamics of the moving water to hydroecological aspects of water in nature and society. State-of-the-art technologies, laboratories and computer aided methods used in engineering science for hydrology and hydraulics, soil and groundwater, water resources planning and management, GIS applications to water resources, design of hydrotechnical and environmental structures, technologies and measures are being studied in a selection of courses.

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Cardiff University

PhD Urban and Regional Governance
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Jul 2016
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA £ 4,052 per year
  • International £ 14,000 per year
  • 36 months

The Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is a major international centre for research in the areas of planning, environment, housing and spatial policy.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

PhD Environmental Science and Technology
  • Any time
  • EEA € 540 per year
  • International € 540 per year
  • Not specified

Currently, the environment, as a result of its transversal nature, continues to be of interest in all areas of society and all fields of knowledge. Training and research in environmental science surpasses the specialised structure of the departments and divisions between disciplines. The mission of the ICTA is to promote, carry out and disseminate research as well as train researchers to be able to contribute to an understanding of environmental science and meet the challenges that arise from its interaction with society. The ICTA therefore offers this PhD programme in Environmental Science and Technology.

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